Press ReleaseProtect Our TipsRights

Behind the Counter Workers’ Zine

This zine comes from behind the counter, where smiles are forced for customers who are always right. Bosses misuse their power. Workers struggle to scrape together enough to live. And, at times, the support of our co-workers is what keeps our heads above water. Within these pages, you'll find a compilation of workers' stories, art, recipes, poems, essays and more. These varied experiences express a vision of dignity, value, and change.…
Retail Action Network
April 30, 2018
Press ReleaseProtect Our TipsRights

Off the Menu: Province Abolishes Sexist Liquor Server Wage

VICTORIA, BC - As the province moves towards a $15 minimum wage, the BC NDP government announced today that they will slowly close the gap between the lower liquor server’s wage and the provincial minimum wage. The liquor server’s minimum wage has been criticized by restaurant workers across the province as a policy that reinforces gender pay inequity while also enabling sexual harassment and abuse from customers. The liquor server…
Retail Action Network
April 21, 2018
Workers Speak Out

Former Retail Worker At Creations Gallery Wants Justice

J.S. contacted the Retail Action Network shortly after they were fired from Creations Gallery. After a lengthy Employment Standards complaint process, we are not yet satisfied with the results. It took almost 9 months, from the last day that J.S. worked, to finally get paid the wages that were owed. Help us to share this story, and to introduce policy against harassment and discrimination at Creation's Gallery so that this doesn't happen again. Please read the…
Retail Action Network
April 19, 2017
OpinionRights

Gender and Workers’ Rights

In solidarity with International Women's Day (IWD), we are hosting Gender and Power in the Workplace on March 8, 2017 from 7.00 to 9.00 PM. Join us for drink specials, a film screening and facilitated discussions.   The history of the workers’ rights movement can be traced back to the 18th century when the industrial revolution created a “working class” that sold labour to factory owners. At that time, workers faced increasingly…
Rights

Your Rights as a Worker in BC

Are you or someone you know being exploited by an employer? Have you been fired, suspended, or let go? Are you missing overtime pay or having your tips stolen? In many instances, employers don’t understand or follow the laws that protect workers in BC. Employers in BC are required (at minimum) to respect a very basic level of rights and to adhere to certain laws. Most of these are set…
Rights

Want to Unionise Your Workplace?

Want to Unionise Your Workplace? Had enough of your boss pushing you and your coworkers around? Feel like you should be treated with dignity and respect, but instead you’re getting on-call shifts or shorted on your pay cheque? Tired of being harrassed by customers and told to put up with it? One of the best ways to make longlasting and secure changes to your workplace is to unionise your place…
Workers Speak Out

Grocery Clerk Demands Apology From Market On Yates Owner

J.L. reached out to the Retail Action Network shortly after being fired by the Market On Yates management without cause. After 2 years of working there, Jacob was put on notice for calling in sick for anxiety. Help us get an apology from the Market On Yates management, and to change policy so that this doesn't happen again. Please read the details here, as told to us by J.L.: Dear…
Retail Action Network
November 22, 2016
Workers Speak Out

Server Demands Apology from Swans Brewpub Management

K.J. reached out to the Retail Action Network shortly after an incident that occurred at Swans Brewpub. K.J. let us know that she had been intimidated and bullied by a couple of the managers; we decided to help her out. Help K.J. get an apology from the Swans Brewpub management, and to introduce policy against harassment and intimidation. Swans is owned by the University of Victoria. Please read the details…
Retail Action Network
September 13, 2016
OpinionRetail Action

The Wild Coffee Campaign

From the Beginning In early January, organisers from the Retail Action Network met up with Shea, a barista from downtown Victoria’s Wild Coffee. She let us know that she was removed from the schedule, and was unable to get her last paycheque from her employer, Marla Donaldson. Since the Retail Action Network first began, we had heard stories from retail and hospitality workers from across the region that had regularly…
Press ReleaseRetail ActionWorkers Speak Out

VICTORY: Barista Receives Unpaid Wages from Wild Coffee

After working for the past 3 months at Wild Coffee, Shea is demanding money for missing wages, which her employer is refusing to pay. On February 1st, 2016, Shea along with a group of 35 members and supporters of the Retail Action Network marched into Wild Coffee, and read out her demands for missing and unpaid wages. The total amount for this claim is $498.42   Timeline: On February 1st,…